Next week, an exciting sale of Russian art is coming to the heart of Europe. Held by MC Fine Arts in Monaco, it offers an impressive range of paintings, sculptures and graphic arts led by works from that country created in the late 19th to early 20th century.
The number of collectors in Russia is increasing, and this is likely to lead to (or continue) a trend of increasing prices for Russian collectibles, as in China.
The 177 lots on offer include two pieces which are particularly likely to excite collectors and investors:
First is a work by Timofeev Vasilii: Jeune fille au Panier de Legumes. The oil on canvas work was created in 1871 and has a certain haunting aspect as the girl depicted stares straight out at us and it is impossible to escape her gaze. The work is estimated at €80,000-100,000.
Secondly, an oil painting of a Crimean landscape by Krachkovsky Iosif contrasts a watery green grassy foreground with a misty mountain and sea in the background. It is expected to edge out the Vasilii for top lot status with a listing of €80,000-120,000.
There are more modern works in the sale too, notably an unsentimental view of Paris (Bord de Seine à Paris le Soir) painted by Rabine Oscar in 2002. This is expected to bring €35,000-40,000.
The auction takes place next Thursday and Friday (August 5-6) Collectors interested in contemporary works of art may wish to take a look at this selection of works which are on the market right now.
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